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Corporate Sponsors Step Up to Avoid Having Chargers-Chiefs Blacked Out

Several corporate sponsors stepped up to help save the Chargers the embarrassment of having Thursday night’s NFL Network game against the Chiefs blacked out on local TV.

The NFL Network began showing Thursday night games in 2006 and has never had one blacked out.

The Chargers said the sponsors guaranteed the purchase of enough tickets to lift the blackout, which at one point seemed a certainty. Those tickets will be donated to local military bases and military hospitals.

The team wouldn’t say how many tickets had to be sold by the deadline of 5:20 p.m. Monday, but it was believed to be approximately 10,000.

Among the companies helping buy tickets were the local CBS affiliate, which will show the game, and two restaurants in which Chargers president Dean Spanos owns stock.

The Chargers have had one game blacked out this season, a loss to Atlanta on Sept. 23.

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